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Adjust picture settings on your Samsung TV

QLED TV displaying a picture of a canyon

You can't put your finger on it, but something looks slightly off with your TV's picture. No worries, you can adjust the picture settings so you can enjoy all your favorite shows and movies. You can even explore special modes, adjust the picture size, and play around with settings for custom picture quality.

Note: Available screens may differ by model and year.

Select a Picture Mode

TV displaying Picture Mode options

Whether you're watching a scary movie in the dark or a bright cartoon during the day, find the picture mode that's just right.

Navigate to Settings, select Picture, and then select Picture Mode. Select a picture mode that suits your current situation.

Check out the available options:

  • Standard: This is the Default mode that's suitable for most viewing environments.

  • Dynamic: Pictures are brighter and clearer in bright viewing environments.

  • Natural: Reduces eye strain for a comfortable viewing experience.

  • Movie: Suitable for watching TV or movies in a dark room.

Adjust Picture Size

TV displaying different picture size options

Note: Features vary depending on the model and year.

Now the color looks great, but the picture looks a little stretched. Try adjusting the picture size and ratio.

Navigate to Settings, select Picture, and then select Picture Size Settings. Finally, select Picture Size. Select a picture size that makes it fit the screen better:

  • Picture Size: Select the picture aspect ratio.

    • 16:9: Display the picture in widescreen aspect ratio.

    • Custom: Customize the aspect ratio manually.

    • 4:3: Display the picture in Standard (low-def) aspect ratio. Suitable for VHS and standard-def broadcasts.

    • Fit to Screen: The full image will be displayed. No part of the image will be cut off.

      Note: The availability of this function depends on the Picture Size Settings.

    • Zoom and Position: Adjust the picture size and/or position.

      Note: This function is only available if the Picture Size is set to Custom. To change the picture position on analog channels, enlarge the picture first, and then change the position.

Customize Picture Settings

TV displaying Expert Settings menu

You're watching a dark thriller and the shadows look a little weird. No problem, you can fine-tune the picture's settings to make it just right.

Navigate to Settings, select Picture, and then select Expert Settings. Change your desired settings. Here are a few options for customization:

  • Backlight: Allows you to adjust how much light the screen produces. You may want to turn this up if your room is particularly bright, and turn it down if your room is dark.

  • Brightness: Changes the brightness of the screen.

  • Contrast: Allows you to adjust the contrast, or dark and light elements of the display.

  • Sharpness: Allows you to adjust how sharp your picture will appear.

  • Color: Intensifies the saturation of colors on your screen.

  • Tint (G/R): Allows you to change the picture hue between green and red.

  • Digital Clean View: Reduces picture noise and distractions such as flickering.

Adjust the Color Tone

The Color Tone Settings Menu on a TV

Maybe you're watching an indie flick with an unusual color scheme; you can choose from the available color tone options to amplify the hues on your screen. First, navigate to and select Settings, and then select Picture > Expert Settings. Next, select an option:

  • Cool and Standard: These modes are only available when Picture Mode is set to Dynamic. Cool adds a cool blue hue to colors, while Standard adds no hue to colors.

  • Warm1: Adds a warm pink hue to colors.

  • Warm2: Adds a stronger pink hue to colors.

Special Viewing Modes

TV displaying Special Viewing Modes menu

Note: This feature is only available on select models.

The graphics of that new game are stunning, but they are lagging a bit. No worries, you can select a special viewing mode to enjoy the full effect.

Navigate to Settings, select Picture, and then select Special Viewing Mode. Select the mode that best fits your situation. You can use the following special viewing modes:

  • Sports Mode: Optimize your TV settings for watching sports.

  • Game Mode: Turn on Game Mode for optimal speed when playing video games with a gaming console. Once activated, there may be a slight decline in the graphics quality.

  • HDR+ Mode: Use this when viewing content that doesn't natively support HDR.

Note: Game Mode is not available unless a game console is connected. Game consoles may also adjust your TV picture size and contrast to optimize the video game picture quality.

TV Calibration

New movies and games are meant to look mind-blowingly real, but they may not look lifelike if you have the wrong TV settings. There are several options available to help you calibrate your TV by adjusting the picture settings.

The Xbox One console includes a TV Calibration program in its display settings. Calibration discs are available for purchase that can be played on a Blu-ray player, and some Blu-ray movies even include a calibration program on them as well.

HDR+ Mode TV calibration in the Expert Settings menu

Reset the Picture

If you'd like to start fresh with your picture settings, you can just reset them. Using your remote, navigate to and select Settings > Picture > Expert Settings > Reset Picture, and then select Yes to confirm.

Note: If these steps do not match your TV, visit the Download Center to find your TV's user manual.

Reset the TV's Picture Settings in the Expert Settings menu

More Picture Settings

There are even more settings available to customize the picture on your TV. Here they are below.

  • Auto Motion Plus: Enhance picture sharpness to optimize for fast-moving images: Auto Motion Plus, Blur Reduction, Judder Reduction, LED Clear Motion.

  • Smart LED: Control the brightness of individual areas on the screen to automatically maximize contrast.

  • Film mode: Turn on Film mode to make frame transitions from older video sources smoother. This function is only available when the input signal is TV, AV, Component (480i, 1080i), or HDMI (1080i).

  • HDMI Black Level: Adjust the black level to optimize the HDMI picture brightness and contrast.

  • Dynamic Contrast: Automatically balance the contrast to prevent excessive differences between bright and dark areas.

  • Color Tone: Select the color tone that best suits your viewing preferences.

  • White Balance: Adjust the color temperature of the picture so that white objects appear brighter.

  • Gamma: Adjust the mid-range brightness of the picture.

  • RGB Only Mode: Fine-tune the saturation and tint of the red, green, and blue color channels.

  • Color Space: Configure color space settings to refine the spectrum of colors on your screen.

  • Reset Picture: Restore all picture settings to the factory default.

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